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Lexicon :: Strong's H2161 - zāmam

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

זָמַם zâmam, zaw-mam'; a primitive root; to plan, usually in a bad sense:—consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 13x

The KJV translates Strong's H2161 in the following manner: thought (5x), devise (3x), consider (1x), purpose (1x), imagine (1x), plot (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 13x
The KJV translates Strong's H2161 in the following manner: thought (5x), devise (3x), consider (1x), purpose (1x), imagine (1x), plot (1x).
  1. to have a thought, devise, plan, consider, purpose

    1. (Qal)

      1. to consider, fix thought upon

      2. to purpose, devise

      3. to plot (of evil intent)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
זָמַם zâmam, zaw-mam'; a primitive root; to plan, usually in a bad sense:—consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).
STRONGS H2161: Abbreviations
זָמַם verb consider, purpose, devise (Aramaic זְמַם in derived conjugations; compare Arabic زَمَّ speak, talk (rare); Aramaic Mfz is sonuit, resonavit, the noun aXmxmz is tinnitus, strepitus) — only
Qal Perfect זָמַם Deuteronomy 19:19 + 2 times; זָמָ֑ם Lamentations 2:17; זָֽמְמָה Proverbs 31:16; זַמּ֫וֺתָ Proverbs 30:32; זַמֹּ֫תִי Jeremiah 4:28 but also זָמַ֫מְתִּי Zechariah 8:14, 15; זַמֹּתִי Psalm 17:3 either belongs here with irregular accent (see De), or is Infinitive after analogue of לה֞ e.g. חַנּוֺת compare Psalm 77:10 (Hi Ri); Checritical note reads זִמָּתִי; זָמָ֑מוּ Psalm 31:14; Imperfect יָָֽזְמוּ Genesis 11:6 (Ges§ 67, R. 11); on possible Infinitive זמֹּתִ֫י Psalm 17:3 see above; Participle זֹמֵם Psalm 37:12; —
1. consider, fix thought upon, with accusative of concrete object שָׂדֶה Proverbs 31:16.
2. purpose, devise:
a. especially of Yahweh's purpose in punishment Jeremiah 4:28 (absolute), Jeremiah 51:12 followed by עשׂה + accusative (|| מְזִמָּה), Lamentations 2:17 (followed by אשׁר) Zechariah 1:6 (with כאשׁר followed by infinitive), Zechariah 8:14 (id.); of blessing only כֵּן שַׁבְתִּי זָמַמְתִּי לְהֵיטִיב Zechariah 8:15 (opposed to Zechariah 8:14).
b. of evil purpose of wicked men לעשׂות אשׁר יז׳ Genesis 11:6; Deuteronomy 19:19 (with כאשׁר + infinitive), Psalm 31:14 (followed by infinitive); absolute Proverbs 30:32 (|| נבל), Psalm 17:3 have I (i.e. if I have) devised evil (so De); followed by לְ person (= against) Psalm 37:12. **the text of Proverbs 30:32 is questioned by Frankenb Toy and others; see on II. נבל, below.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


11:6; 11:6


19:19; 19:19


17:3; 17:3; 17:3; 31:14; 31:14; 37:12; 37:12; 77:10


30:32; 30:32; 30:32; 31:16; 31:16


4:28; 4:28; 51:12


2:17; 2:17


1:6; 8:14; 8:14; 8:14; 8:15; 8:15

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2161 matches the Hebrew זָמַם (zāmam),
which occurs 13 times in 13 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:6 - And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined H2161 to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:19 - Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought H2161 to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:3 - Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed H2161 that my mouth shall not transgress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:13 - For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised H2161 to take away my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:12 - The wicked plotteth H2161 against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:32 - If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, H2161 lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She considereth H2161 a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:28 - For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed H2161 it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:12 - Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised H2161 and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:17 - The LORD hath done that which he had devised; H2161 he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 1:6 - But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought H2161 to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 8:14 - For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought H2161 to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 8:15 - So again have I thought H2161 in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
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